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you're watching our t.v. tonight another radiation leak strikes japan's fukushima power plant as the operating company says highly contaminated water may have reached the ocean. a shake up at the n.s.a. the u.s. spy agency is longest serving chief is due to step down after months of damage control following edward snowden's revelations by us. just to tell lawmakers from the capital damascus that it is like a state within a state r.t. reports from the heart of the syrian rebel movement were locals say they feel besieged by rival brigades battling for control.
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even if you could have a company just after nine pm now here it is in moscow my name's kevin our top stories are two than alarm bells have gone off for japan's crippled fukushima nuclear plant once again where record high radiation levels have been detected the plant operator tepco says the storage tanks leak contaminated water into a ditch where readings that are twelve thousand times higher than they were just a day ago tepco suspect some of that water could have already seeped into the ocean of course that's on top of the countless tons of already reached the pacific during previous leaks well oceanic currents mean the fallout from the original meltdown are set to stretch far beyond japan a massive radioactive plume creeping along the seabed reportedly reach american shores next year plus global currents could potentially scatter contamination from fukushima across the planet fish and sea birds are also contributing to the spread of radioactivity. has more of the calamities gripping the battered power plant. two and a half years to admit the painful truth needs help. we are wide open to receive the
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most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem my country needs are knowledge and expertise the past few months have been marked by growing problems at fukushima several workers have been exposed to radiation the levels of which are reportedly at their highest since the accident in two thousand and eleven and on top of that there is the issue of leakage this is the reactor inside it is the reactor core the actual nuclear part of the plant this is water which is used to call the nuclear course or doesn't burst in flames that water obviously has to go somewhere so it goes into a special container which is slightly below the reactor itself where eradicated water is stored and then filtered unfortunately at the fukushima plant the situation is such that this container would be ready that water is located on the very sea shore this is the ocean and the problem with the fukushima is that there
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is a leak supposedly right here so from there you read it water is flowing into the pacific ocean sadly russia has a lot of experience when it comes to wiping up remnants of the nuclear catastrophe it has had its all and the last in a quarter of a century. or another perfect pitch should be treated just like chernobyl has a record of mostly retired put in a sarcophagus the problem with it is that they can't decide whether they want to close to. closing the plant doesn't seem to be an option for tepco the company operating the facility which many in japan blame for the failure to handle the fukushima crisis in fact tepco is pushing towards reopening it because she was lucky facility the world's largest nuclear power station it was shut down in two thousand and seven following reports of radioactive leak after a powerful earthquake but the power giant seems undeterred by the prospect of having to malfunctioning nuclear power station on its hands maybe home. being an
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international effort would solve both problems at the same time it in a godless call r.t. . for consumers problems began when that earthquake and tsunami ruptured cooling systems in march twentieth causing that meltdown initially it took a whole year for japan's government to admit the nuclear disaster was caused by the improper handling of the crisis the plant operator tepco admitted the crisis could have been avoided if only it had done its job better more than two years after the crisis said the leak was then discovered the storage tank for contaminated water when tepco finally admitted the spill it revealed that up to three hundred tons of radioactive water was flowing into the ocean every day nuclear expert robert jacobs says there's no quick fix either to the ongoing crisis which he thinks is going to last for decades. nobody really knows how to solve the problems at fukushima there is no nobody who has solutions to these problems of fukushima are unprecedented so even bringing in outside expertise all that they can do is try to problem solve
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there is no solution that other countries have that they can come in and. fix the reactor or rather shut down the contamination shut down the leak so even other countries coming in and bringing their expertise will hopefully bring more professionalism and tepco has shown in the last two and a half years but even those experts will be at a loss in the how to solve the immense problems that will be facing for decades. putting give more updates more analysis on the fukushima crisis on a website would be closely following events since disaster struck we've done extensive database of reports opinions and eye witness accounts were just a click away but don't come. from. the head of america's national security agency credited with a major expansion of the organizations covert surveillance operations that you to quit early next year general keith alexander who's the n.s.a.'s longest serving chief come under intense pressure since whistleblower edward snowden revealed the
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scale of government snooping on his men to put knives got the story. the man who has made indiscriminate global surveillance and data gathering part of the fabric of america is leaving his position general keith alexander director of the national security agency is reportedly stepping down from his reign within the next six months it would be hard to deny that this unexpected exodus would be happening if not for whistleblower edward snowden general alexander's eight year tenure at the n.s.a. came under a worldwide criticism earlier this year after snowden a former n.s.a. contractor revealed details about the n.s.a.'s global gathering of telephone e-mail and social media at foreign embassies the united nations and even heads of state were allegedly targeted by america's dragnet surveillance political activist and author eugene puryear says general alexander's resignation is more like a fall from grace i think that the revelations from snowden are playing
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a big role here i mean i think for them to say that this is just sort of a random thing is is sort of absurd i mean it seemed like just a few months ago that keith alexander was being fed it is this great important general who had done all these big things and i think after everything that's been released by mr snowden very heroically that they're looking for a face lift initially general alexander defended the n.s.a.'s domestic spying practices saying the phone surveillance program he spearheaded has thwarted fifty four terrorist plots or events as it turns out that number was a gross exaggeration last week the n.s.a. director admitted he lied now america's top spy has been nicknamed alexander the great a reference to all the influence and power he has amassed during his tenure but many say that changing the face of the n.s.a. will likely prevent journalists from continuing to report about america's questionable surveillance practices glenn greenwald's who initially broke the
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n.s.a. spy scandal has personally promised that there are many more bombshell exposes to come reporting from new york marina for nine r.t. . and i tell you to about twenty minutes tonight breaking the set also probes the road spy chief and the events that preceded this to poaching. you know after all those tours of duty that combat zone of checking people's facebook likes and their yahoo address books you can understand why he wants some down time it's pretty ridiculous because what they initially told us that first back in march james clapper the director of national intelligence told congress that they're not collecting any data at all on u.s. citizens clearly a live perjured himself for congress should be in jail based on our existing laws but of course nothing has happened to him because he's too powerful and so that was back in march not collecting any data at all on u.s. citizens and then we have you know we're collecting data but it's only the met a data don't worry about it guys go back to do whatever you do before car dash in
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kanye west or together disco focus on that stuff and then it comes out that oh they're actually harvesting hundreds of thousands in a single day hundreds of thousands of people's address book contacts people who have no connection to terrorism or crime and by the way people who are u.s. citizens in the. meantime of course america's back in business is the government gets restarted after the two week long stalemate that cost the country about twenty four billion dollars let's talk about this we're joined by american economist richard de wolf on the line richard good evening to you. know mainstream economists not so you've got you on the program now would you have dealt with it any differently you've heard so many opinions from people how they would have done it but what about you say. well you know it's very easy for me to explain because it's kind of the obvious thing
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that all the two political party folks can do is pretend isn't there let me explain you can help get this economy out of a continuing recession which really ought to be called what it is which is a depression you could get it out the government could spend the money to get us out. out which is the only way we're going to get out and it would not have to borrow more money would not have to have a deficit and therefore would not have to worry about a debt ceiling if it did the one obvious thing which is to tax corporations and the rich in the united states simply at the rates they were required to pay back in the one nine hundred fifty s. and sixty's we have cut the taxes on corporations drastically and taxes on the rich drastically there in lies a core part of our program it was unfair to the mass of the american people and it produced or helped to produce an economic crisis the solution let borrow less
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tax the people you borrow from more and you would have three quarters of this problem solved without all the theater and without all the harm done by these political hacks who refuse to deal with this issue in an honorable way course the problem is you take a very brave very rare politician to do that. well let me politely disagree with you the last time capitalism collapsed in the united states in the one nine hundred thirty s. we also had a democratic president named franklin roosevelt and guess what he did he created in the midst of the depression the social security system we never had one before unemployment compensation for workers losing their jobs we never had that before and a federal government jobs program that hired fifteen million people how did he do
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it by taxing corporations and the rich and what was his reward for having the political courage franklin roosevelt was reelected four times he was the most popular president in the history of the united states for doing precisely what i just suggested would be the appropriate thing for the president to do today so to all the doom mongers they're looking ahead to january february saying hey we're going to be in this position again you are saying it should be used as a catalyst for change big change absolutely they've done nothing but what many folks have recognized as postpone the problem the conditions of our economic system are getting worse the risks to oxer society are getting worse the suffering of the twenty odd million americans without the jobs they need and want they continue to suffer and we're going to go through this whole theatrical for the next two or three months bring us back to the same situation this is not by the way
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a problem of our government this is the problem of the business interest behind the government who are making money and have no interest in paying the taxes i just referred to and are perfectly willing to let this disaster percolate because they can do business as usual while all this continues ok. will fly from new york good to hear your thoughts. next reporting on the war is syria's becoming too dangerous for many these days of attacks on journalists forcing more and more to avoid the country now a team from sky news arabia has gone missing on thursday it followed dozens of other abductions too in fact at least twenty five journalists been killed since the start of the conflict over there so it is move from did manage to break it into one rebel held city. but tell your brother next to the syrian lebanese border is just eighty kilometers from the capital damascus but it is like a state within
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a state that having its own security forces police and even the army can see is symbols of new authorities here everywhere graffiti or three stars that means free syrian army is controlling this area a syrian military cannot enter you have root is the center of a large mountainous area in western syria known as kalam moon in two thousand and eleven local residents were among the first to support the n.t. assad campaign it seems been cut off from damascus and run by the rebels i cover my head as all women here do because we are told this is an area under islamic law . we have civil and local councils we have shariah law tribunals and normal courts we have more teeth and lawyers the curio justice we run the town by ourselves the army can enter and even if they try we are ready to resist and defend our land my judge calls these his land but in fact born in kuwait and having spent two years
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traveling the middle east in the gulf he only came here months before serious protests began. we resist to the end we have a plan and we have forces to make it happen sure this is who he's talking about the self-styled free syrian army but these fighters don't work with other militants functioning instead as an autonomy armed brigade. they leave in abandoned houses sleeping pray together and claim fighting bashar al assad is their only go twice a week they hear an islamic lecture from a young man who everybody calls the shaikh he's taking part in the hellish pilgrimage to mecca and started the qur'an in saudi arabia all the details of this every monday and thursday we discuss the revolution the latest military developments as well as our daily routine we discuss what's prescribed or forbidden by. i asked them whether the jets had the law and then qaeda affiliated radical islamic groups openly operating in syria like no no no no no we have no relation
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with the nusra we say but the newser is linked to the outside they follow al qaida and for decisions they revert to their army or even our here e al-qaeda leader we have normal relations with them next we are supposed to meet with people from a list but when our armed guys learn of this they do all they can to stop us the groups controlling the area are not only fighting assad they compete with each other even for media attention been among journalists is seen as something prestigious a school to do and i told to feel from the car but it one point we are stopped by a group of gunmen apparently from a hostile brigade and they ask about who we are later our guards told us the men were kidnappers from remote village least nineteen forty journeys to held hostage in syria right now and the price and then lives varies. these areas supposedly run
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by opposition fighters is in fact in the hands of a large number of separate brigades armed groups or just lone rebels with different ideologies and the only food and weaponry and these are locals who pay the bills just as christians have to pay so-called duty this is our input into society we go to church and pay if muslims do also we pay for internal security brigades for relief aid and courts for the situation in your brood is critical the shortage of food in everything we are besieged. trapped in their own country where more than two years of deadly conflict has only seen fractions and goals increasingly divergent marti's morea for national reports from fragmented. syrian rebel held territory. syria rebels. see.
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coming up in the next few minutes here from moscow anti fracking raging kind of the people who say no to the shale gas revolution i met with pepper spray a look at a wife rocking continues unabated though despite fears of its environmental impact . well. technology innovation all the list of elements from around russia. the future.
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right the sea. search structure. and i think. forest. again in canada police arrested around forty people protesting against shale gas exploration it's after clashes broke out as authorities try to dismantle a highway barricade their offices reporter leaves pepper spray on demonstrators who fought back with molotov cocktails setting several vehicles on like he had arrested new brunswick follows two weeks of protests activists are demanding that
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a local oil and gas company there stop fracking in their area saying it's going to devastate the environment problems anti fracking campaign and the shiver was that the race for oil profits is becoming more extreme now that i think what you've got is a situation where they're going for ever more extreme forms of fossil fuel in a situation where we know here this week recently polls from the on the school economics example show quite categorically that we need to be leaving two thirds of the non-fossil fuel reserves in the ground if we're going to prevent catastrophic climate showing that being the case you know the last the last thing we need to be doing is looking for for more fossil fuels in the extreme for when the only reason that that's going to hades is because of the why the be all and gas industry has got their claws into governments across the world view. when you've got a capitalist system. to profit from from it's from fossil fuels whatever cost in terms of the long environmental and social benefits of the people in the area.
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but. it. just takes a bit to alert you to a couple stories we've got lined up on line if you get a lot of clicks you men of check yourself here may come as a surprise that even in the twenty first century mankind has yet to rid itself of slavery but how many people exactly elden servitude on our planet today it's a very interesting question we've got the answer on our website a staggering report that says the number of modern day slaves across the globe exceeds the population of a country the size of venezuela or that article called out a tropical storm reveals a huge layer of oil within the sands of the louisiana beach three years on from the b.p. oil disaster again we've got the details about the back story to it r.t. dot com. dutch police say thursday's break in an
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apartment block with houses russian embassy staff in the hague was most likely an ordinary burglary that instant those added frictions between the two countries sparked by recent attacks on both russian and dutch diplomats lucy caffe moscow story. well it's hard to say whether this is a case of diplomatic tit for tat or just pure coincidence but an apartment housing russian diplomats in the hague was apparently broken into late thursday we do have more details from the russian foreign ministry spokesman let's take a quick listen employees from the russian embassy in the netherlands came back from work on the seventeenth of october to their apartments located in the housing block out sort of embassies territory they discovered traces of unlawful entry into one of the flats the employee who lives there from the embassies administrative technical staff is currently on holiday so now the big question of course is whether there's any connection between that break and when days assaultive a senior dutch official here in moscow in that case two men posing as electricians broke into the diplomats home they beat him up and then reportedly drew
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a heart in lipstick on a mirror with the acronym l it g b t for a lesbian gay bisexual and trans gender this follows of course the arrest earlier this month of a russian diplomat on suspicion of mistreating two young children also claims he was beaten and custody the dutch officials had apologized for of that detention as well now all this of course coinciding with rising tension over russia's jailing of peace activists including two dutch citizens who are on board a dutch flagged ship campaigning against drilling in the arctic so a very strange escalation of diplomatic conflicts here. world news in brief in afghanistan a suicide bombers blown up a car outside a heavily fortified residential compound on the outskirts of the capital kabul one of the four children reportedly killed in an attack which followed an exchange of gunfire between guards and insurgents and fled the city the compound known as the green village houses international security contractors as well as u.n. employees a country seen a surge of militant attacks lately as nato forces prepare for that withdrawal next
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year. other headlines tonight french police say a gunman is holding a hostage inside a bank in a busy paris shopping district reports say initially held for people there earlier in the day the government's now reportedly demanding social housing over a dozen people have been deployed outside the bank and roads blocked in the area. now some news from russia's northern city of moments according to a report on the greenpeace official website six men wearing balaclavas broke into the grounds of the organizations office there this we're about to see the security footage of the incident which was posted online couldn't be verified at the moment from r.t. at least greenpeace claims the intruder stole a mock cage it was going to be used in a protest against the detention of thirty activists charged with piracy after attempting to storm a russian oil rig in the arctic a story through the night. alan said to leave its international bailout program says the country's prime minister the eighty five billion euro emergency aid came after the banks collapsed in twenty ten it meant tax rises and spending
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cuts to qualify for it of course but even when relieved of the bailout there are still years of punishing us to head for ireland richard ward baratz a member of the irish parliament for the people before profit alliance thinks the public and the government are worlds apart. the government are living in a different plan us to the one in others and by ordinary citizens the laser's bill just is the seventh austerity budget and yet again it is really been very vicious in the cults that have been imposed on some of the most vulnerable sectors of our society this time particularly young people who are hazed their social welfare entitlements for his very hard even though there are no jobs for them which should mean many of them may just leave the country in fact at the moment about forty thousand people are leaving the country a year abel's so it's very very hard and medical cover for pensioners and for the chronically sick which is going to mean actual pain and suffering for some of the
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most vulnerable sectors of our society had to held by just has been absolutely slaughtered so we're talking about a society that is really being crucified bad socially and economically by a star and the economy is absolutely stranglers there's no serious signs of each article covering we have mass unemployment even a enormous housing crisis so i think we will be counting the cost of this bank bailout for decades unless we change policy. see you service twenty four seventh's same day the news round the clock for you are back with the next news bulletin just over half an hour from now between now and then break in the set to take into night a closer look at the outgoing head of america's national security agency is of the break.
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you know as i look more and more into it i find that there were a lot of myths and exaggerations about what happened at russia during the soviet era however one really bad rumor seems to be true if you were an outspoken advocate against the soviet status quo then you could be considered insane and be locked away until the psychiatrist convinced you that khrushchev was brilliant scary stuff but sadly famous grammy award winning singer lauryn hill might be living the life of a soviet does that right now she was convicted of failing to pay five hundred thousand dollars in taxes but strangely according to the international business times she was ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling because she believes in conspiracy theories related to the music industry hill wrote in her own tumblr account that the music industry is manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex. this is a strong accusation from hill but is actually irrelevant if it is true or not you
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see punishments are supposed to fit the crime and the crime of tax evasion should not have a punishment of mandatory counseling or as more paranoid types like me like to call it reprogramming although they are usually trivial this celebrity case actually sets a dangerous legal precedent but that's just my opinion. i'm abby martin and this is breaking and that guys it looks like we've survived the storm the shutdown is a bit silly over and take
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a look at some of the top highlights. i do not like that sam i am. do you like green eggs and ham. i do not like them sam-i am shut out of the government will have a negligible effect this is a slice of a slice of the government only involves the nonessentials it will have practically zero effect if you look at all the shutdowns in the past the cast of deadliest catch and other alaska crab fishers can't open their season as planned on tuesday because the government hasn't set crab quotas to put the qur'an down to get out of his nice and to figurative lake come up with his hands out. everything from ted cruz's rendition of dr seuss to a tea party loyalists demanding that obama put down his caronna yes it's been a long sixteen days but now people can rejoice government workers are doing furloughed and were even greeted by uncle.